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Attention Control Girls: Learning to Let Go!

June 2, 2017
Control Girl_Cynthia L. Simons

Have you ever had a friend pull you off to the side and say, “Watch out for Emmaline. She’ll be telling you what to do if you aren’t careful.”?

No one likes a woman who has to run every event herself, and our kids really hate it once they are grown. At that point, they are ready to choose for themselves.

A couple years ago, my husband and I started ballroom dancing. We love it. However, I have learned things about myself. The man leads while dancing. His job is to move forward and make his way around the room, avoiding other dancers. When I am facing him, I can’t see where we are going.  I am so accustomed to getting things done that relaxing so he can lead is a real challenge. It takes real effort, but these dance lessons taught me how much I needed to be in control.

What a great spiritual lesson for all of us. Look at what the Psalmist says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. When you trust God, you must rest in him, knowing he can do what you cannot.

Today Shannon Popkin is my guest. She has just written the book, Control Girl.

Shannon’s bio;

I’m Shannon Popkin. I’m a wife and mom, a writer and speaker, a small group leader and Bible teacher. I’m so excited about my new book, Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible.,  which released in January 2017). With God’s help, I’m on a path that leads from Control Girl to Jesus Girl.
As a speaker, I love combining my love for humor and storytelling and with my passion for Jesus. I speak for ladies’ events, retreats, and moms groups. On my blog, I share stories from my life, which I hope will make you smile, and will encourage you to follow Jesus more closely. I also share posts from the other sites that I contribute to, including True Women.
Learn more here.
Control Girl

Shannon Popkin

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Worried About the Future? Christians Know the End of the Story

November 4, 2016
Revelation on Fire

Worried About the Future?

It’s really easy to worry about the future, but Christians know the end of the story. Several years ago on a Saturday morning, my husband slid into the floor and had a grand mal seizure. Wow! What a catastrophic event. In an adult, a seizure is a medical emergency.  We suddenly went from normal living to crisis mode. A sense of unreality came over me as I discovered my husband’s illness was very serious.  For the first few days, I stood by his bed and watched as doctors tried to treat his complex problem. Ultimately his full recovery took four years, and those years unsettled us all. In the same way, we live in a rapidly changing world. Events come at us so fast. These unbelievable events seemed impossible a few years ago. If anyone disagrees or questions, that person receives a nasty label. Intolerant. Bigot. Hater. I keep reminding myself that I live in America where we are supposed to have freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Many in the church are rattled and frightened. This election season had passed in a similar fashion. Americans are angry because no one listens to them in Washington.

I cannot imagine facing any of this without God. During that time when my husband was ill, the Lord sent me to the book of Daniel while I taught a class. There the Lord revealed that Daniel’s greatest dream was for his people to return to the land with a restored relationship with the father. However, God knew that wouldn’t happen in Daniel’s lifetime, so God allowed Daniel a peek into the future. Daniels greatest longing would come true, but not while he lived.

As Christians, we don’t wield control, but we can be assured that God does. The book of Revelation reveals God’s plan for the future, and we can be confident, regardless of what we see going on. God will accomplish his purpose.

My guest is Dr. Ken J. Burge, Sr. He has written Revelation on Fire a Bible study on the last book of the Bible.

2:15 Not everyone in the church believes like you do about the future. Can you give reasons why hold your position on future things?

5:00 Describe your Bible study method

9:15 Revelation said these things will ‘shortly take place.” That was written over 2000 years ago. What does that phrase mean?

11:00 What does the text mean when it says people will be blessed seven times?

12:00 Can you give reasons why you believe in the rapture of the church?

14:00 Who were the people in chapter 3 who are praising the lamb for redemption?

Learn more about Dr. Burge here.  Find his book here.

Revelation on Fire

Ken Burge

Abuse of Authority, Bible, Commitment to Christ, Doing Family God's Way, Educating your children, Emotions, Encouragement, Family, Goals, Heart of the Matter, Laugh, Leaving a legacy, Mother's Day, Mothering, Parenting, Stress Reduction, Trust, Walking by Faith, Worry

Mother’s Day Encouragment

May 6, 2016

Mother’s Day Encouragement

Mother’s Day sounds like a day to celebrate, but many women don’t. Those who struggle with infertility or someone who just lost her mother or a child may long to ignore the festivities. I’ve even discovered some ladies plan activities, so they keep busy and forget. Maybe your child has strayed. Mother’s day hurts. If that describes you, my heart goes out to you.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I can’t help thinking about the importance of the job. The Apostle Paul spoke to Timothy, his son in the faith: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” As caregivers and nurturers, we have a tremendous impact on our children. Our careful mothering can ensure a child’s emotional and spiritual health while poor mothering can damage both. Scripture exhorts us to teach our children with a balance of love and discipline. Our efforts will lay the foundation for the child’s security and confidence. As it says in Deuteronomy, “teach them (God’s precepts) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

On the other hand, I’m overwhelmed by the enormity of the job.  Each child in your home possesses a complex personality with unique needs. That child expects you to understand him and know his motives. That’s impossible, especially if you have more than one child. Add to that the day to day work of living, meals, overseeing physical growth, and monitoring emotional maturity.  As a child grows, you have lessons, ball games, recitals, finals. Life goes by faster and there’s more to do.

I came to motherhood armed to do it right. I’d studied psychology in school and determined to avoid the pitfalls. Whew! I poured myself into the task and gave it my all. Unfortunately,  I made plenty of mistakes, and I learned how much I needed God.  I’m too small, but my heavenly father gives wisdom when I cry out to him.

Jane Rubietta shares her heart with us. She has just completed Heartbeat of a Mother. Listen in for Mother’s Day encouragement.

Writer and Speaker

Jane Rubietta

Learn more about Jane here.

 

Abuse of Authority, Betrayal, Communication, Death, Deceit, Emotions, Grief, Guilt, Heart of the Matter, Holocaust, Walking by Faith

Read up on the Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron writes to remember those lost in WWII: Sparrow of Terezin

September 25, 2015
Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron

Read the terrifying Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron shares with readers: Sparrow of Terezin

Hide! That’s what we want to do when we sin, and that’s the first thing Adam and Eve did when they disobeyed God. It’s so easy for us to justify our sin, and yet, it separates us from God and others. When the apostle John wrote, he used the analogy of light to symbolize truth, and darkness to symbolize evil. Look at  1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he {Jesus} is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…”  In other words, if we live openly, according to truth, we can enjoy fellowship with the Savior. This is unlike what happened with the new holocaust story Kristy Cambron wrote, Sparrow of Terezin.

In World War II, Hitler decided to deceive the world by pretending to care for Jewish children at Terezin. He fixed up a pretty ‘concentration camp’ complete with schools, flowers, and art classes, and he showed the world how generous he was. Yet after ‘show and tell’ most of those children died at the hands of the Nazis. What a terrible evil!

My guest, Kristy Cambron, just released the book, Sparrow of Terezin, that tells that story and explores the dangers of deceit.

To learn more about Kristy and her work, click here.

 

Abuse of Authority, Anger, Apologetics, Authority of Scripture, Bible, Forgiveness, Freedom, Heart of the Matter, Rape, Sex, Trust, Walking by Faith

Can We Trust the Bible? Josh McDowell

July 17, 2015
Text of the Bible

Can we trust the Bible? Many skeptics today say we can’t because the words have been translated too many times.

The cry of the Reformation was solo scriptura, which means scripture alone. Dr. Martin Luther refuted the writings of the popes and councils, relying only on the text of the Bible as the authority in life, morals, and salvation.

For those who base their eternal destiny on the words in the Bible, this is a huge issue. I Corinthians fifteen says that if Jesus has not been raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain.

But what if the very words of the Bible came from shysters who wanted to fool innocent people? How horrible to learn we’d been duped for years.  If the Bible wasn’t accurately translated, we have no hope.

Apologist Josh McDowell offers answers. Josh has conducted life-long extensive research and now has released a book, God Breathed,  on the power and accuracy of the Word of God.  Listen and enjoy hearing Josh share his testimony and work.

* At 1:30 Learn what trauma Josh endured that made him want to disprove Christianity

* At 2:40 listen to how scrolls were preserved in history.

* At 3:20 learn how Josh’s life changed

* 5:40 Josh tells about what he found

* At 6:35 Josh says what we have now

  • Evidences that the manuscripts are accurate 7:30

  • Learn what changed Josh’s life 9:30
  • Josh talks about what brought pain 10:00

 

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Learn more about Josh here. Find God Breathed here.

 

 

Abuse, Abuse of Authority, Boundaries, Communication, Emotions, Family, Forgiveness, Freedom, Heart of the Matter, Love, Marriage, Parenting, Respect, Responsiblity, Walking by Faith, Worry

He hit me! Domestic Abuse

June 19, 2015

Scripture says husbands should show “…honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, … they are heirs with you of the grace of life…”
Dr Richard Mabry discusses domestic abuse and gives advice on strategies for women caught in it.

Abortion, Abuse, Abuse of Authority, Church, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Death, Educating your children, Emotions, Family, Freedom, Grief, Heart of the Matter, Hope, Love, Marriage, Parenting, Rape, Sex, Standing for your faith, Walking by Faith, Worry

Watch out for Authoritarian Churches

May 29, 2015

Cindy Sproles shares about the theme of her new book, Mercy’s Rain. She talks about the danger of authoritarian churches. Learn more about her here.

Abuse of Authority, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Educating your children, Emotions, Family, Heart of the Matter, Love, Marriage, Parenting, Praise, Prayer, Responsiblity, Walking by Faith

A Spiritually Healthy Family

May 15, 2015

What does a spiritually healthy family look like? Michelle Anthony PhD shares what it looks like and how to avoid parenting pitfalls.

To learn more about Michelle Anthony, click here.

Abuse, Abuse of Authority, Church, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Emotions, Family, Fellowship with believers, Freedom, Grief, Heart of the Matter, Living through heartache, Standing for your faith, Walking by Faith

Toxic Churches: Beware!

April 10, 2015
Toxic Churches

 

Cynthia and Athena Dean Holtz discuss characteristics of toxic churches. You can’t always trust people just because they are in your church.  Be wary of any pastor who fails to be a servant leader.

Matthew 20: 25 -28 “But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Learn more about Athena at her webite: www.athenadeanholtz.com

Athena Dean Holtz

Athena Dean Holtz

 

Abuse of Authority, All, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Deceit, Divorce, Educating your children, Emotions, Family, Finding Meaning, Forgiveness, Guilt, Heart of the Matter, Living through heartache, Love, Responsiblity, Walking by Faith

Your Choices Matter

January 16, 2015
Author of Hidden in the Stars

Your choices matter and impact our children, even if you keep them secret.  Author Robin Caroll explores these issues when her main character loses a life long dream. Listen as Robin talks about he newest novel,  Hidden in the Stars. http://www.robincaroll.com/ 

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